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Gehyra moritzi HUTCHINSON, SISTROM, DONNELLAN & HUTCHINSON, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymGehyra moritzi HUTCHINSON, SISTROM, DONNELLAN & HUTCHINSON 2014 
DistributionAustralia (SC Northern Territory: rocky mountain ranges centred on the MacDonnell Ranges and south to the James Range, west to the Kings Canyon area and north to the Devils Marbles)

Type locality: Corroboree Rock, East MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory (23° 44’ 23.0ˮ S, 133° 57' 02.5" E),  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: SAMA R65941K, adult male, collected by M. Hutchinson, P. Oliver, G. Armstrong and S. South on 9 January 2011 (Fig 9A–B).
Paratypes (n=17; all genotyped as ‘Clade 1’): MAGNT: R14356, R15356, 6 km SSW Claraville HS, NT (23° 25’S, 134° 44’E), R18310, Palm Valley Gas Well, Finke Gorge NP, NT (24° 01’S, 132° 37’E), R20664, Finke Gorge, NT (24° 08’S, 132° 49’E). SAMA: R65935K–36, Rainbow Valley, NT, R65896–900, R65937K–38, Emily Gap, NT (23° 44’S, 133° 57’E), R65895, Corroboree Rock, NT (23° 44’ 23ˮ S, 133° 57’ 03ˮ E, R65881, R65945K–46, 20 km S of Barrow Creek, NT (21° 38’S, 133° 44’E). 
CommentSimilar species: Gehyra moritzi includes populations formerly assigned to either G. montium or G. nana Storr, 1982.

Diagnosis. Distinguished from other Australian Gehyra by a combination of either 7 or 8 divided scansors under the expanded portion of the fourth toe, small to moderate size, generally two pairs of enlarged chin shields, second or third infralabial notched, dorsal colour pattern combining pinkish grey to rufous colouring (in life) patterned entirely by black and whitish spots, and a karyotype of 2n=44 (Moritz 1986). Distinguished from most central Australian species (G. versicolor, G. purpurascens and G. montium) by its strongly white-spotted pattern with dark markings also forming discrete spots rather than wavy lines or continuous networks. Distinguished from G.minuta and G. pulingka sp. nov. by having black spots rather than short black wavy lines, normally two rather than three pairs of chin shields (G. pulingka sp. nov.), and higher numbers of labial scales (G. minuta). This diagnosis applies to populations of Gehyra genetically assignable to “Clade 1” of Sistrom et al. (2013). [HUTCHINSON et al. 2014: 235] 
EtymologyThe specific name recognises the contribution of Dr Craig Moritz (Australian National University, Canberra, and University of California, Berkeley) in revealing the high level of karyotypic and morphological diversity among central Australian populations of Gehyra. 
References
  • HUTCHINSON, MARK N.; MARK J. SISTROM, STEPHEN C. DONNELLAN <br />& RHONDA G. HUTCHINSON 2014. Taxonomic revision of the Australian arid zone lizards Gehyra variegata and G. montium (Squamata, Gekkonidae) with description of three new species. Zootaxa 3814 (2): 221–241 - get paper here
 
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